Ryan Newman and his Penske Racing #12 Alltel Dodge team had a great night at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. for the Back Of America 500.
Newman ran up front in the top 10 all night and finished 28th, 3 laps down. But that finish was due to him crashing with 3 to go in the race. The rest of Newman's night was great. Newman led about 9 laps for tonight's race.
After a caution with 12 to go a red flag was thrown while speedy dry was thrown down on a lot of the track.
Newman restarted 3rd behind Gordon and Bowyer. Newman went high on the restart and got around Bowyer. Gordon slowed up and Nemwan shot passed him on the high side while Gordon ended up holding up Kyle Bucsh and Clint Bowyer. Newman got a huge lead and was running away.
I thought for sure Newman was going to get a win. Then with 3 to go, Newman lost it in turn 2 and slammed into the wall. He said that he blew a right rear although the TV coverage revealed that the tire was not down. Newman was all on his own, out front and the car just got away from him. It could have been speedy dry still on the track...who knows.
Newman ended up being scored in 28th and 3 laps down. If saw the race, you would know that was not how Newmans night was.
Other notes include my Chase choice - Clint Bowyer finished 2nd. He remains in 3rd behind Jeff Gordon (1st) and Jimmie Johnson (2nd). Bowyer had a chance at the win when on the restart for the Green/White/Checkered Clint restarted in 2nd behind Gordon. Gordon spun his tires. Bowyer couldn't get around him and instead slammed into the back of Gordon propelling Gordon ahead.
A lot of the chasers had problems tonight including Matt Kensith who had a bad car all night and crashed twice.
Kurt Busch, Ryan Newmans Penske Racing teammate had an accident on pit road that crippled his chances in tonights race.
Tony Stewart had a double accident on pit road while leaving his stall. He hit one car when he left then another after he got started after hitting the first.
Denny Hamlin had transmission problems.
Here are the top 10 finishers from tonights race.
1 4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 190/5 337 Running
2 25 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 175/5 337 Running
3 13 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg's / CARQUEST 170/5 337 Running
4 27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 160/0 337 Running
5 18 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 155/0 337 Running
6 34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar /
CatUsed.com 155/5 337 Running
7 29 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 146/0 337 Running
8 5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Mopar / Dodge Dealers / UAW 142/0 337 Running
9 28 40 David Stremme Dodge Target 138/0 337 Running
10 19 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 139/5 337 Running